April 15, 2014

Lunar Corona seen through my Baby Lens, April 2014

by Khanum

Behold! what you have often seen but probably didn’t knew what it was.  That’s Lunar Corona.

Lunar coronae are much more familiar than those around the sun. They are seen when the clouds are thin enough that each single corona light ray reaching the eye is scattered or diffracted by only one droplet. Of course, the whole corona is made by a great many droplets individually scattering the moonlight.

Sometimes as clouds pass over the moon the corona shrinks and swells as different sized droplets mould it. Small droplets make the largest coronae with aureoles a few moon diameters across.  – Source 

 

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April 14, 2014

Shootout at Sahiwal

by Khanum

Last week, me along with my two cartoon cousins rocketed our way to another city on some business. We had never imagined that this trip would become this memorable and fun.I never left my camera. They never left me.

Even on our last day, few minutes before we departed, *while me all teary* We discovered my cousin’s grandfather’s Rifle. Could we three loony toons stay away from it? Nope. Ever since I got an upgrade on my camera, I have become my cousins professional photographer, so we had to test its beauty. Here are some pictures from that dangerous weapon’s test shoot.

P.S. No human or animal was injured during the test shoot, I assure you all. It was completely a safe rifle to play with. Actually its a rifle that is used to shot lizards in the house, as my khala is very scared of them. So do the math now about its safety.

 

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April 13, 2014

Creating Personalized desktop wallpapers

by Khanum

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With Canon 600D in my life now, everything is different. The mood is different, my days are different and so as my desktop. Recently I found out that apart from the video making and photography experiments, The best part is to be able to create my own desktop wallpapers. I not only created wallpapers for my laptop but also for my cousin’s desktop. Alhamdulillah!It turned out great.

Why would you create desktop wallpapers anyway, Khanum? Don’t you have some cool photography to do?

Well! The answer is very simple. Originality is the keyword for a photographer and not “something big” or “something small”. As long as your work is original, your work is grand. Secondly, I like to have things my way, especially on my desktop. I wanted to have something new and fresh, also something with cool colors so I did what seemed best. Plus, its much fun to do so. If you’re into photography or just want to try out something with your kit lens, I would recommend, this exercise first ,just to test the limits of your creativity and also the limits of your camera.

The above shot was taken just to test the bokeh effect thing. I wanted to see how I can have nice looking bokeh in daylight, so I grabbed my canon, hit the landscape mode or perhaps portrait mode, I don’t rememeber now, hehe ! The point is, I was able to find pretty flowers in my courtyard and shoot them with bokeh effect. And voila! The test shot came out pretty well, well enough to make it to my desktop wallpaper collection. Enjoy the rest of the pictures.
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April 5, 2014

Her Smile in Black & White

by Khanum

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“Smiling is infectious,
you catch it like the flu,
When someone smiled at me today,
I started smiling too.” 

Whoever said these words, said it so true. I enjoy photographing kids, especially when they are this bubbly. This little girl is my cousin, Mehr un Nisa, we call her Mehru.

Masha Allah! Her smile is quite photogenic and what’s more good about her smile is that it suits the black & white canvas. I personally love black & white photographs more than the color ones. They speak many things.  And the best day to take B&W photos in natural day light is when it’s cloudy and about to be rainy outside.

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April 2, 2014

In search of a starry night

by Khanum

So what have I been upto!?

I have been running after stars. Like mad! Literally! Like mad!!

And nobody gets this, why! People have been asking me why haven’t I uploaded anything from my canon. Well, my reason is that I have been running after a clear night to photograph. I didn’t buy this canon for making portraits of my family–which is exactly what they force me to do every day–I got this so I can finally do something I dreamed of. Astrophotography. It’s been my love. I still remember how I used to spend endless hours on gawking the Natgeo’s captures of the heavens and star trails. I have even watched a Pakistani amateur astronomer,  live, marvelling at the moon with his mighty Celestron Telescope. And all those times, I used to wonder when would my time come to have a picture of the stunning starry night . That time is here. Canon with its beauty gives you stunning manual control over ISO, Exposure and shutter speed– that you can do wonders with.

The only problem I am having now is the  pollution engulfing my city. I can’t see enough stars to fill my digital canvas. So I decided to move to another city in few days and try my luck there.  I hope I get a clear nightsky or I am really going to kill someone in frustration. Till then, let me share what I got so far.

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I took this shot on manual mode with F/4.5 and ISO 400. We can of course increase the ISO upto 6400 in Canon 6ooD. ISO 800 in my opinion is ideal for photographing starry night but keep in mind that higher ISO means higher noise in the picture. The tiny grains that ruin the picture sometimes. In few days I am going to try again and in shaa Allah, Hopefully , I’ll get some good shots. I just pray Lahore was a pollution free city. Ugh. Or I had a flying carpet so I could quickly fly to Himalayas for a photo session of those gorgeous skies.

Here’s another experiment rather an adventure I had at a racecourse Park the other day. I was waiting for the stars to come out but rain began to pour and annihilated my dreams. So I started to play with camera settings.

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Its taken at a manual mode once again but I made the settings on bulb. I had no tripod at that time otherwise it would have come out so perfect, the shots are blurry but sometimes you got to enjoy the  mistakes and be free in your style of photography. Screw the rules.  That’s how you learn and excel.

Okay, I’m done with the wrecked shots, let’s have a look at the perfect light capture. I love the way Canon let’s me shoot the beautiful lights and capture them in a tiny box like magic.

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I’ll soon share the black and white shots that I did today. I personally admire black & white photography alot and the best day to shoot portraits for black and white is a rainy day, when the sky is bit grey and dark. The light on that day is perfect for the black and white shoot.

I have also done some video tests and now working on a small film. Ooooh! I’m so excited about it. Let’s pray it comes out good!

See you all soon.

March 25, 2014

I now own a Canon 600D & my Mphil Degree

by Khanum

Last few days have been real awesome for me. Alhamdulillah !

I  finally bought a new DSLR. The gorgeous Canon 600D with a Khaki and most useful Nikon Bag. The combination is very strange I know but a photographer gotta buy what a photographer gotta buy, you know. Then the most amazing thing happened, My Mphil Convocation. I now hold a beautiful and a hard earned Mphil Degree.

Let’s talk about Canon. As you can see in the picture below, I am unboxing my new baby.  I have to say I loved the way it fit in my hands. The body is very smooth and the 18-55mm lens, is absolutely a happy news for me since my last digital zoom camera didn’t have a lens this cool. I love the way I can work with this lens.

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Now, Let’s talk basics.

How much did it cost?

There are different prices offered by different sites on the internet in Pakistan for this camera. I had a rough idea of 55 to 60k in mind. But Alhamdulillah! I can’t explain to you the amount of happiness I felt when the shopkeeper stated the price as 52k and 5 hundred Rupees. The brand new 600d body with 18-55mm lens in 52k. Not bad! Then I bought a couple of few things with it, like memory card, lens cleaning kit and a nikon bag. Now you may ask why a Nikon bag? Well, I may buy a National Geographic bag now to be honest because a small bag is not my thing. I didn’t want a purse. I wanted a bag. A real big bag. Nikon offered me that and not canon so I bought it.

How I got it?

Well, for anyone interested in buying a dslr, It’s very important that you buy it with your own money. Self reliance is the best policy, I must say. This way, nobody can question your intentions, underestimate your dedication and taunt your family for spending too much on you. (Which is usually done by relatives)Most importantly, It shows how sincere you are with your dreams and can learn to value your things.

I pooled currency for this beauty by saving every penny that I earned through different freelance work and my school job (Yes I quit school in 2011 but I saved half of the salary in bank to utilize in future). That’s how you acquire immense happiness later on. It’s alright if people call you kanjoos or whatever. Don’t pay any heed to meaningless words. Its your dreams you gotta work on, so have your priorities set.

Secondly, don’t be shy to sell out old gadgets to buy your dream dslr. I sale out many of my old things to pool money for something new and exciting, quite often. This is like recycling, you know.

Why Canon 600D?

Alright, now that’s a real question that deserves a new post, exclusively on this subject. I shall do it, soon. iA!

I have been checking out my new toy since the day I bought it and have been experimenting with different settings. The first shot I took was a family portrait. I wanted my first click to be a meaningful one… and what else can be more heart warming than the sight of your beloved mother smiling at you ? so I clicked it. I will iA share the shots soon. Till then, Have a great week, everyone! :) Happy living!

I wanted to share The gorgeously out of focus pictures taken by my superb family on my convocation day  but let’s skip that- and did I mention it was raining ?! Ah! What a lovely day it was when I fell because of those heels and slippery roads in university. But Yo! nobody saw, so that’s alright. lol

 

 

 

March 19, 2014

Is Losartan Potassium Her Enemy?

by Khanum

My protective force field, Mum, has fallen ill. She’s gone weak and it’s terrifying for everyone in the house because without mum, nothing–absolutely nothing is awesome. I am cooking alright, but mum is mum. We have a maid that’s supposed to keep the house neat and clean but mum is mum. My maid fools me into believing she has cleaned all the rooms but she lies at times.

Mum used to take care of everything and now nothing’s in order. I am developing some diseases of my own now with all the sadness and stress in life. I want my mum back, healthy and smiling.

But that’s not what the doctor wants, apparently. Here’s today’s revelation. The LOSARTAN medicine prescribed by the doctor is having some serious side effects on my mum’s health. To study this case further, we all sat down and decided to read the medicine pamphlet. The kinda note that is found within the tablet case, having all the medicine nonsense on it including the ingredients used in it plus stating its side effects.

Here’s what I found out and I want to question these medicine people for inventing a medicine that fixes one disease but becomes the cause of many others.

The note says,  Losartan might cause:

  • Asthenia
  • Fatigue
  • gastro-intestinal disturbances
  • Angina, (OMG! ANGINA? ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME? )
  • Headache
  • Sleep disorders
  • Rarely Hepatitis (WHAT!!!!!!!)
  • Cough
  • Depression
  • Erectile dysfunction?? (THANK GOD my mum is a female)
  • Anaemia
  • and so on!!

Oh my God! Now Tell me , HOW is this LOSARTAN supposed to help my mum get better? She’s getting worse day by day. I am worried.

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